A new venture for After The Final Chapters

As you know my thing is most definitely ‘Chick Lit’, ‘New Adult’ sometimes even ‘Young Adult and a little dabble into the ‘Erotic’ with series such as Fifty Shades, Crossfire and Sinners on Tour. I am not however oblivious to the fact that paranormal is huge. Its not a genre that I am mad about but I did want to include it in the blog so I decided to do a search for someone to review the paranormal for me. A search that could take a while I thought. I couldn’t have just anyone reviewing books for me. If I am promising reviews I need to deliver on that promise and the reviews that I post have to be first class. I need to trust the person and know that they can write well and be able to make that all important connection with the readers and hopefully bring in a few more.

Imagine how delighted I am that I already have that person, after about 5 minutes of putting up the tweet. None other than Aimée Duffy is going to guest review for After The Final Chapters. I hear you … wow. Aimee is an author and she is signed with Harper Impulse, the romance wing of Harper Collins. Her book Sinfully Summer #2 in the Goodreads summer reads. Its a great day for me, almost like a nod of approval that I am doing something right here!

Aimee’s first review will be coming soon and in the meantime you can find her on Twitter or Facebook

Illicit Love Blog Tour – Stop 9

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Welcome to Stop Nine on the Illicit Love blog tour! Jane Lark is celebrating her first instalment in the Marlow Intrigues series with a HUGE giveaway – including a one night stay in London’s Regency Hotel, Amazon gift voucher, signed copies of Illicit Love and plenty of swag!

 

Illicit Love – What they say:

Unknown-95‘Ellen Harding longs to be free of the life she is trapped in – her husband died at the battle of Waterloo and her family disowned her and now she lives under the reign of a cruel protector. When her eyes are drawn to a beautiful man for no other reason than his looks, she imagines escaping her chains for a night by giving her body to him – to a man of her choosing – even if only to infuriate her captor.

But Edward Marlow is kind and gentle when he touches her and her subconscious whispers that this man could save her. Yet how can he help her when she has secrets which prevent her ever being free. She has too many battles to fight.

Edward is restless, lonely and a little angry with his lot in life – it is his only excuse for being drawn to another man’s mistress. The woman’s dark hair and pale eyes are striking and he cannot take his gaze off of her while she watches him over the top of a fan with an illicit intent in her eyes. But once he’s known her he cannot forget her – and once he’s seen how brutal her protector is, how can leave her with the man? But she will not run anymore than she will speak of her past, so how can he help her…’

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In my humble opinion;

Historical romance was never my thing. I could not however pass up the opportunity to join in this blog tour so I thought ‘bring it on’. I must be honest and say I already had it pinned in my head as one of the ‘Mills & Boon’ books I used to see in my mums possession when I was growing up. You know the type I am talking about, the maiden on the front and the tall dark handsome man swooping in. No way, not this book. I am trying to think of a way to describe it and my head keeps saying ‘Downton Abbey with balls’. You don’t get this type of sex and scandal in Downton but the setting seemed just about right even if Illicit Love is set quite a bit earlier.

It took me a chapter or so to get used to the language in the book but once I did I was hooked in the story. I wondered what the big secret was and how he was going to rescue her. There were a lot of avenues in the book which Jane Lark led us down beautifully and at just the right pace. No part of the story was rushed and yet no part was dragged out. Everything was explained in ample detail yet the descriptions were not over long. In fact everything was described so well and I was so invested in the story that I at one stage hitched up the skirt on my sundress as if I myself was about to mount a horse. Not likely – ever!

I loved the main characters, Edward and Ellen. Ellen at first seemed so confident and even a bit mischievous while Edward seemed like a man whose ego needed no boost. We came to find that Ellen had many masks that she would wear depending on the need. She was not at all the confident vixen she at first portrayed she was in fact a fragile woman who had suffered horrendously at the hands of many men. With Edwards kindness, tenderness and love she is able to find her true self and the journey we take with the two is heart wrenching.

Other characters were introduced in the book that I equally enjoyed although I did feel as though there were questions opened up about Robert – Edwards brother that needed to be cleared up. This got me excited as I thought excellent he must be getting his own book. I tweeted Jane Lark and she confirmed my suspicions and I will say to you what I said to her – I bet it will be epic. I absolutely loved Illicit Love but I have the felling that Roberts story, whatever it will be called, will knock our socks off! Watch out for this September 13th!

Even if you think Historical Romance is not your thing I would urge you to read ‘Illicit Love’. You never know you might just change your mind. As for me I am off to read ‘Captured Love’ and reacquaint myself with one of the supporting characters! Happy reading.

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Captured Love – What they say:

‘Rupert Stanforth, Earl of Morton, is missing his cousin’s company. He has too many burdens weighing down his shoulders, including the task of finding his sister, Rowena, a husband.

Meredith Divine has one friend in all the world, Lady Rowena Stanforth. She clings to their friendship as though it is a rope, when she is drowning in a lake of social isolation. Even Rowena’s elder brother cannot stand Meredith. Everyone judges her poorly, simply because her father is in trade. But despite Lord Morton’s constant rejection, Meredith’s heart still favors Rowena’s proud, judgmental brother.

Lord Morton would break the friendship his sister has with Miss Divine if he could, but the more he disparages Miss Divine, the more Rowena favors the girl. He’s ceased his complaints, in the hope the friendship would wither and die, believing the girl would make a wrong step soon. He just did not anticipate what that step might be…’

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Want To Win A Night In London’s Regency Hotel?

The Regency Hotel has been kind enough to support the Illicit Love blog tour by donating a one night stay for two lucky winners this August! Located in the Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington, you could find yourself relaxing in one of hotel’s plush new bedrooms or sampling the delights of their incredible traditional afternoon teas.

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Readers have plenty of chances to win:

Either entry via the Rafflecopter below AND/OR add your review of Illicit Love to Amazon and Goodreads and email the review link to Charlotte@BestChickLit.com.

The winner will be emailed a voucher, which can be redeemed for stays during August 2013 only. Giveaway closes 19th July 2013.

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About the Author: 396571_511573772204817_47496660_nJane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional love stories. She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis. When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write. You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane’s favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book that drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was ‘Katherine’ a story crafted from reality. Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses them to create more realistic plots. ‘Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it’s wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.’ Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life. Check out Jane’s musical inspirations HERE and HERE.

 

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Release Celebration and Giveaway! And a free pig!

The amazing Colleen Hoover is running a competition – just to say Thanks. ♡♥♡♥

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Contest ended and winners have been notified.

 

At midnight tonight, Losing Hope will officially be released!  Not sure if it’ll release until the 9th in the UK, but that’s still just a little over 24 hours away.  🙂  I know a lot of you have already read it from Netgalley and thanks so much for the early reviews!

To celebrate the release of my fifth book, I’m doing a giveaway for a Kindle Fire and an ipad mini.  To enter, all you have to do is share the link to this blog post and comment in the comments below with where you shared. I’ll also be giving away three copies of the Hopeless series.  The paperbacks won’t be out until October, but winners will definitely receive them as soon as they’re available.

Edited to add that I’m also choosing one winner for an Indonesian copy of SLAMMED. 🙂

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Sinfully Summer

Sinfully Summer

Alexa Green is that girl. She is the trust fund baby splashed across the papers every week in an outrageous display of drunken antics. Flashing her knickers – when she is wearing them, draped around some random guy or falling out of some trendy club or other she has the reputation of a spoiled rich bitch.

While on a ‘last fling’ holiday with her two best friends before they get married things don’t start out much different. Staying in an exclusive hotel in Marbella owned by the delectable Enrique Castillo its champagne and dares all round. What she doesn’t count on is her dare is going to leave her standing in only her underwear in the penthouse occupied by none other than Mr Castillo himself.

Setting off a chain of events that must open old wounds to enable them to heal this is a journey for both of them that will be funny, painful and sexy!

Sun, sea, sand, sex and scandal. What more could a girl want?

It is a well-known fact that I don’t do comedy and while Sinfully Summer by Aimée Duffy isn’t a comedy it had me laughing the whole way through. It was very witty with quite a sarcastic humour – that I can relate to! Both main characters are quick-witted, passionate and firey. From the very first pages you will be enthralled and feel the chemistry cracking from your reader, do not be alarmed it is not short circuiting, these two are just that hot!

A lot of more serious issues come in to play in Sinfully Summer and while as a whole the book is light-hearted Aimée Duffy certainly isn’t afraid to delve into more serious darker waters. A well-balanced entertaining sexy read!

Out of Breath

Out of Breath

“Emma leaves Weslyn and everyone in it behind to attend Stanford University, just as she always intended. A shell of her former self, she is not the same girl. She is broken, and the only way that she’ll be whole again is through forgiveness. Emma must find a way to forgive herself and recognize her own worth before she can receive the love she deserves. This final installment will have readers holding their breath until the very last page.”

Ordinarily I give my own run down of the synopsis of the book but in this case I chose not to. Out of Breath is the final book in the Breathing trilogy by the hugely talented Rebecca Donovan. As the third book I felt that if I were to give my own version of the story I would risk not only giving away too many spoilers but ruining the whole trilogy for those who have not yet started it.

I didn’t review the first two books; Reason to Breathe and Barely Breathing as I was a little late to the party. I found them with thanks to another blog, way back when it hadn’t crossed my mind to start one. I actually found quite a lot of my books on there and I owe a debt of thanks to Maryse as without her I wouldn’t have found all these fabulous authors! So thank you Maryse, you rocked my reading world!

The first book, Barely Breathing is without a doubt the most intense book I have ever read, I found myself holding my breath while flipping through the pages, I think I may even have broke into a sweat during parts. You tend to forget that it is fiction and get engrossed in the storyline. For this reason alone I am glad I was late to the party as I just went straight into the second book. Again this book was intense but for different reasons. I found myself screaming at the books and almost in fear of what Emma was going to do. Did she not realise that Evan was the one for her? How could she get so close to Jonathan. Oh hear I’m getting all worked up again. As I said Rebecca Donovan is a seriously talented lady.

What a way to end book 2 and what a way to kill us! I have been waiting around 8 months for the final instalment but there are many out there that waited a lot longer so I should be grateful. I got the book as soon as I could on Monday and tried and failed miserably to read with the kids running rings round me. Bedtime couldn’t come quick enough. I started Monday night and finished Tuesday night. WOW. While to me, the first book will always be the best the third and final book was nothing short of spectacular. No stone was left unturned, no questions were left unanswered. For the first couple of chapters I found it hard to place certain events, I could have easily read the first two books again as a refresher but I didn’t think of it before release day and there was no way I could wait. I thought going into it that it would be lacking something, it couldn’t possibly be as good as the other two. Once however I got back the feel for the characters I was transported straight back into the lives of Emma and Evan. There were enough reminders throughout the book to jog your memory of events while at the same time they weren’t in your face repetitions, just nice subtle hints dropped here and there.

I rushed through reading Out of Breath and then come the end of it I was sad it was over. It was a great end to the story that has had many people gripped since 2011. Not everything in life runs smoothly and not everyone has an easy path to follow and I think it is important that our reading reflects this!

Well done Rebecca, I cant wait to see what is next!

I would just like to add that I ALMOST got through a whole book without crying. I did I swear. Then I read the acknowledgements and I found myself crying! They really are lovely.

Confessions of a Chalet Girl

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Holly Buchannon needs to get away from it all for a while. Herself and her best friend Pippa secure jobs ant the exclusive Swiss ski resort Verbier. Holly just wants a change of scenery but Pippa wants to snag herself a millionaire. Life has other ideas when Pippa falls in love with a penniless mechanic and is now pregnant. Faced with a choice to return home to her mother or go it alone she decides to head off to Switzerland on her own.

As soon as she gets there she realises she will never fit in. She puts on her game face and tries her best to fake it. She meets a handsome stranger who seems to be able to look into her eyes and see her soul and she instantly feels a connection to him. Turns out he isn’t going to be such as stranger after all as this fine specimen turns out to be her new boss.

Who said Ski season is cold? Certainly not Lorraine Wilson.

I was going to refer to Confessions of a Chalet Girl as the perfect light summer read, only it happens to be lashing outside. you catch my drift though, right?

If I am reading a book with the intention of reviewing it I don’t usually read other reviews first. I don’t like to be swayed one way or another before I read the book. I had no idea what to expect from it. As a novella it was like an extended short story, which in itself is a shame because I would have happily read more about Holly and Scott. Though in saying this there were no wasted words and no gaps in the story. It was a lovely book, very well written and extremely enjoyable.

I am excited though that this is only the first in a series of books set around Chalet girls so I can only hope that we don’t leave Holly & Scott’s story here but will catch glimpses of them in future books.

If you would like to read a short interview with Lorraine Wilson (given to Harper Impulse) click here.

These ladies are killing me!!

There is just no room!!

What’s a girl to do when a new book comes out and it is her new favourite? My top three is quite an extensive list. But there can only be three in a top three can’t there?

That’s the best thing about us women. We are problem solvers. We make things fit. Hell we could get a square peg into a round hole if we needed to.

My top three used to be;
1. Beautiful Disaster (read my review here)
2. Hopeless (read my review here)
3. Reason to Breathe
Not necessarily in this order I must point out. Each time I re read any of the books I am reminded of just how much I love them and it goes back to the top of the list.

Then we had Barely Breathing. How the hell am I mean to squeeze another book in there. I could relegate one to 4th place. That would be the logical thing to do. The normal thing even. I couldn’t do it though. I wouldn’t want to hurt the feelings of any of the books. Yes, I know. I have issues (I remember sleeping on the floor and being cold as a child because I put all my teddies in the bed so they wouldn’t get cold).

BAND THEM TOGETHER!!
Perfect. I had the best solution. Barely Breathing is the second book not a ‘new’ book so I would just put them together.

So my new list;
1. Reason to Breathe / Barely Breathing
2. Hopeless
3. Beautiful Disaster
Simple.
No, not so much. Jamie McGuire went and brought out Walking Disaster. Again I just band them together. So here we go again;

1. Beautiful Disaster / Walking Disaster
2. Reason to Breathe / Barely Breathing
3. Hopeless
So I have 5 Books in my top 3 books. Sure that’s not too bad. Of course then next week Colleen Hoover is bringing out Losing Hope, which I have had the pleasure of reading. It has overtaken my number one spot. So my list now looks like this;

1. Hopeless / Losing Hope (read my review here)
2. Beautiful Disaster / Walking Disaster
3. Reason to Breathe / Barely Breathing.

Losing Hope is at the moment my all time favourite book. So I would imagine my list will be staying like this. At least until tomorrow when Rebecca Donovan’s Out Of Breath comes out!